Plantman (Samuel Smithers)

Samuel Smithers

Religion: not determined yet

Name: Plantman

Alter Ego: Samuel Smithers

Other Names: Blackheath

Classification: villain villain   hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Strange Tales (vol. 1) #113 (Oct. 1963)

Creators: Joe Carter, Stan Lee, Dick Ayers

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 86

   Comic Book Appearances: 85

   TV, Film Appearances: 1

Teams/Affiliations: Chain Gang; Crime Wave; The Thunderbolts

Enemy of: The Orb

Ally: Cowled Commander
Ally: Eel
Ally: Scarecrow

Nation: England, United Kingdom

Birth Place: London, England, United Kingdom

Race: white

Gender: male

As chronicled in the Thunderbolts series (issue #s 58,60,61 and 63), Cottonmouth, Hawkeye, Headlok/Mentallo and Plant Man once escaped together from a maximum security prison and were forced to remain together for quite some time due to high-tech confinement gauntlets. This group was informally known as the "Chain Gang," but this was never really a formally organized team.

Among his other many villainous exploits, Plantman was a member of the short-lived super-villain team "Crime Wave," which was organized by the Cowled Commando (secretly NYPD police sergeant Brian Muldoon) as a way to push the city to provide a stronger police force. Crime Wave appeared in Captain America (vol. 1) #s 157-159.

This character is in the following 35 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Avengers / Thunderbolts
Captain America
The Defenders
Thunderbolts: Life Sentences #1 (July 2001): "Life Sentences"
The Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #138 (Oct. 1980): "Elegy" (1-panel cameo)
What If...? (vol. 2) #112 (Sep. 1998): "Brave Old World"
The X-Men

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